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Jul 02
Spring 2014 Honor Roll

Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for Spring Quarter 2014. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students.

Scholastic Standards

Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President's List or the Dean's List. Each of the students who meet the criteria for these designations will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging this award. A notation of the award will also be placed on the student's permanent transcript.

President's List

To receive the President's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).

YVCC-spring 2014 honor roll_presidents list.docx

Dean's List

To receive the Dean's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.40-3.84.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included). ​

YVCC-spring 2014 honor roll_deans list.docx

Part-time Students

The college is aware that some of our part-time students have also achieved significant academic success while balancing full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and college studies. Part-time students are eligible each time they complete 12 credits at YVCC and their GPA falls within the designated list for the quarter. Part-time students need to notify the Registration and Records Office each time they qualify. Dean's List and President's List notations will be posted on the transcript for the quarter in which the 12 credits are completed at YVCC.

Jul 02
Spring Quarter 2014 Graduates

Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce graduates for Spring Quarter 2014. Included are the requirements for these degrees as well as the list of graduates and their degrees.

General Education Requirements: In order to meet general requirements, all candidates for degrees from Yakima Valley Community College must have:

  1. A minimum of 90 quarter credits; some professional/technical degrees require more.
  2. A cumulative college-level grade point average of 2.0 or higher at YVCC.
  3. A minimum of 24 credits completed at YVCC.

General Education in Transfer Degrees: General education in transfer degrees introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge-the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The faculty has identified and adopted two fundamental abilities essential to lifelong learning that are assessed in courses across the degree.

  • Analytical Reasoning is the ability to consider an issue, idea, or concept systematically and assess the component parts and their application.
  • Communication includes the delivery and reception of ideas.

Six other abilities reflect skills and values which the faculty consider important to being an educated person. Historical perspective, research, aesthetic literacy, service learning, problem solving, and cross-cultural global perspective are practiced within various courses of the general education curriculum.

General Education Requirements for Applied Science: Professional/Technical Degrees and Certificates (45+ credits)

In order to be awarded an applied science degree or certificate, students must complete courses covering three core competency distribution areas: computation, communication, and human relations. Specific courses are required that will fulfill these competencies. The curriculum in professional/technical areas is competency based and has been developed to meet industry-wide skills standards.​

YVCC-Graduate List_Spring 2014.docx

For more information about YVCC degrees and certificates visit www.yvcc.edu.

Jun 04
YVCC Celebrates 85th Commencement Ceremony

YVCC Celebrates 85th Commencement Ceremony on June 12, 2014

Yakima, WA-Yakima Valley Community College will host its 85th Commencement Ceremony on June12, 2014 at 7:00pm on Parker Field on the YVCC Yakima Campus. The graduating class of 2014 includes 902 students ranging in age 18 to 67. Thirty-four of the students are Veterans and 67 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an associate degree. The college will award a total of 1,005 degrees and certificates including transfer degrees, professional/technical degrees, and certificates.

This year's keynote address will be presented by Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen. The student commencement speech will be delivered by YVCC graduate Ms. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter. 

The college also honors faculty and outstanding community members with the following awards:

Emeritus Faculty Award:
Dr. Scott R. Peterson; retired YVCC Music Instructor and Director of Choral Activities
Sherrie and Daryl Parker Faculty Award:
Ms. Julie Swedin; YVCC English Instructor
Distinguished Service Award:
Mr. Gary Christensen; President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Powell-Christensen, Inc. in Grandview, Washington

The Yakima Valley Community College Foundation has the tradition of presenting two awards during the commencement ceremony:
Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching: Mr. Jerred Seveyka; YVCC Biology Instructor
Classified Employee of the Year: Ms. Donna Fulton; YVCC Program Assistant for the Dental Hygiene and Chemical Dependency programs.

 The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association will honor an alum. This year's award recipient is:
Distinguished Alumnus Award: Mr. Walt Bratton; Director of Parks, Recreation, and Economic Activities/Development for the city of Ruidoso, New Mexico​

YVCC commencement is open to the public. No admission is required. For additional details, including complete bios and photographs of the speakers and award recipients visit www.yvcc.edu/commencement

 

May 21
YVCC hosts Information Sessions for Real Hope Act Students

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College hosts Real Hope Act Information Sessions on May 29, 2014. Sessions begin at 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm in YVCC's Deccio Higher Education Center Room C236.

Real Hope Act or HB1079 students may be eligible to receive financial aid to help pay for college. Eligible students are those who have graduated, are graduating from high school, or have earned a GED; have lived in Washington for three years prior to and while earning your diploma; and you have signed a promise to file an application to become a permanent resident. Eligible students can apply for aid through the Washington State Need Grant by completing a WASFA Application. In this session YVCC will provide general information about the WASFA and will also assist students in completing the application.

For help with the completion of the WASFA, please bring the following documents

  • 2013 tax return, including your parents unless you are over 26, married, or have children
  • Or W2 forms
  • ID​

For more information: 509-574-4714 / mvasquez@yvcc.edu or 509-574-4965 / mjimenez@yvcc.edu

May 20
YVCC Opens Campus to Welcome New Students!

Yakima Valley Community College will host several events on May 21, 2014 that welcome students to our Yakima Campus.

Open Campus Visit – Fall 2014 new students and undecided high school students are invited to come to campus to hear from a student panel, get a campus tour and check out the Spring Fling Event. Students Check in at 10am in the Sherar Gym.

Spring Fling Event –This event features club tables, free lunch, DJ and other activities and runs from 11:30am-1pm in the Clocktower Courtyard.

Sustainability Committee Trade Tables – This event is an opportunity for students and employees to drop off items they no longer need, trade items or just grab items someone else no longer needs. The event runs from 11:30-1:00pm in the Clocktower Courtyard.

Machining Program Open House – YVCC's Machining Program prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of manufacturing fields. Students learn the skills required to plan and carry out the operations needed to make aerospace machined products that meet precise specifications. Interested in learning more about YVCC's Machining Program? YVCC hosts an Open House from 11:00am-2:00pm in Skills Center Room W212. Drop in anytime to learn more! ​

For more information contact the Student Life Office at 509-574-4775.

May 01
YVCC Playmasters presents Anything Goes

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters presents Anything Goes on May 29-31, 2014 at 7:30pm and May 31-June 1, 2014 at 2:00pm in Kendall Hall Auditorium. Tickets cost $15.00 for students and $20.00 general admission and can be purchased in advance at the YVCC Bookstore or at the box office the night of the performance. The production is directed by YVCC Drama Instructor Alicia Bickley.

Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good old-fashioned black mail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope's heart. Anything Goes features songs by Cole Porter. ​

Anything Goes is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. The play contains adult language and situations. For more information: 509.574.4839.

Apr 29
YVCC hosts a Workforce Education Expo for Female High School Students May 2, 2014

Yakima Campus - On May 2, 2014 Yakima Valley Community College will host a Workforce Education Expo to showcase educational opportunities in engineering, machining technology, and automotive technology. Participants will have the opportunity to do hands-on activities, and meet local industry professionals. The event encourages females in grades 9-12 to explore these career pathways.  

The event will take place from 8:30am-2:00pm on YVCC's Yakima Campus. Lunch will be served.  Students can register online at www.yvcc.edu/WEDexpo. The registration deadline is April 14, 2014.​

YVCC's programs that will be featured during the expo include:

Engineering: YVCC's Engineering Program prepares students to tackle the challenges, problems, and opportunities in the engineering field. The program effectively instills the skills and abilities needed for transfer to a university or to be able to enter the workforce. The program covers numerous engineering classes such as: CAD, statistics, dynamics, soils, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. For more information about YVCC's Engineering Program visit www.yvcc.edu/engineering

Machining Technology: YVCC's Machining Program prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of manufacturing fields. Students learn the skills required to plan and carry out the operations needed to make aerospace machined products that meet precise specifications. The program covers blueprint reading, manual machining, computerized machining, meteorology, quality control, drawing, and 3-D modeling. For more information about YVCC's Machining Technology Program visit www.yvcc.edu/machining.​

Automotive Technology: YVCC's Automotive Service Technology (AST) Program prepares students for employment in the dynamic high-tech automotive repair industry. Technological advances in today's automobiles require a highly skilled automotive repair technician. This training can be earned in YVCC's AST program. The program covers all nine NATEF areas of automotive repair and classes are taught in easy to understand modules. For more information about YVCC's Automotive Technology Program visit www.yvcc.edu/auto

For more information contact Mike Alamos at 509.574.4723 or malamos@yvcc.edu.

Apr 22
Yakima Valley Community College Dental Clinic Looking for Patients

Yakima Campus - Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene students are looking for patients. They request patients who have not had a professional teeth cleaning for 5 or more years. Nominal fees apply. YVCC's Dental Hygiene Program is located in the Westin D. Brown Dental Hygiene Clinic, 1015 S. 16th Ave, Yakima, 98902.​

For additional information, contact the Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic at 574.4917. To learn more about the YVCC Dental Hygiene Program: www.yvcc.edu/dentalhygiene

Apr 22
YVCC Music Department presents the 8th Annual Latin Music Celebration

Yakima, WA-Yakima Valley Community College Music Department presents the 8th Annual Latin Music Celebration. The week-long festival will feature clinics, in-school residencies, workshops, and performances at various schools throughout the Yakima Valley. The celebration will culminate with the grand finale concert featuring the YVCC Salsa Band on May 5, 2014 at 7:00pm at The Capitol Theater; 19 S. 3rd St., Yakima, WA 98901.

The Latin Music Celebration is part of YVCC's ongoing outreach efforts to bring music into the lives of children of the Yakima Valley.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Performance Lecture with the Yakima Morelia Jazz All-Stars

Smith Family Hall Pavilion; Heritage University; 3240 Fort Road, Toppenish, WA 98948 

12:00pm​ 

Free & Open to the Public


Thursday, May 1, 2014
Performance YVCC Latin Music Celebration Festival Faculty

YVCC Clocktower; S. 16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902

11:45am

Free & Open to the Public

Salsa Dancing, Afro-Cuban Rhythm Section, Salsa Singing, Son Jarocho, Steel Drum Workshops

Sherar Gymnasium; Yakima Valley Community College; S. 16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902

3:00pm

Free & Open to the Public

Friday, May 2, 2014
Yakima Downtown Lunchtime Live with the Yakima Morelia Jazz All-Stars

Performance Park; 2nd Street & A Street Downtown Yakima

11:45am

Free & Open to the Public

Yakima Morelia Sister City Annual Fiesta in Mayo featuring YVCC Latin Music Celebration Festival Faculty

Modern Building - State Fair Park; 1301 S. Fair Ave, Yakima, Washington 98901

6:00pm

Tickets Cost $50

Salsa Dancing Workshop at for Salsa Fridays

The Seasons (Backroom); The Seasons Performance Hall 101 N. Naches Ave, Yakima WA 98901

9:00pm

Tickets Cost $7

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Afro-Cuban Percussion Workshop with Memo Acevedo and Roberto Vizciano

Ted Brown Music; 2612 W. Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902

10:00am

Free & Open to the Public

Fandango at Franklin Park

Rotary Pavilion; Franklin Park; 21st Ave & Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902 

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

Son Jarocho Performance from the YVCC Latin Music Celebration Festival Faculty during Yakima's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande

Downtown Yakima, 3rd Ave & Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901 

6:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

Yakima Morelia Jazz-All Stars performance at Yakima's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande

Downtown Yakima, 3rd Ave & Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901 

7:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

Monday, May 5, 2014
Son Jarocho performance from the YVCC Latin Music Celebration Festival Faculty

YVCC Grandview Campus; 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930 

12:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

YVCC Latin Music Celebration Grand Finale Concert

The Capitol Theater; 19 S. 3rd St., Yakima, WA 98901

7:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact David Blink dblink@yvcc.edu / 509-574-4835. 

Apr 22
2014-2015 YVCC Scholarship Awarded to Sofia Acosta

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Yakima Campus-Yakima Valley Community is proud to announce the scholarship from the Office of the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services is awarded to Sofia Acosta. Awarded annually through the YVCC Foundation this scholarship is given in the amount of $1,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Sofia Acosta, a scholastically driven senior at Zillah High School (ZHS), maintains a 3.67 GPA and has earned several honors throughout her high school career. Honors include Washington State Good Citizenship and Temperance Award, ZHS Certificate of Achievement, and ZHS Hardest Working Student of the Semester Award. Acosta is very involved at her school. She participates in National Honor Society, Pep Band, Future Business Leaders of America, and serves as the ASB Secretary. Acosta is very deserving of this award and looks forward to continuing her education at YVCC in the fall.

For more information regarding the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services scholarship or other scholarship opportunities please contact the YVCC Foundation at 509.574.4645.

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